Moving to a new home can be stressful for anyone. It can be especially daunting for someone who is elderly and has lived in the same home for most of their life. While moving your elderly loved one will undoubtedly be challenging, there are some things you can do to ease the process of this life-changing event.
Sorting through and boxing up items takes time. By planning ahead and mapping out how long you will need to get everything in order is key to keeping the move for your senior loved one or parent stress-free. Remember that they may not be able to handle the preparation for more than a few hours. Enlist friends and other family members to pitch in so there’s less of a burden on everyone. If at all possible, hiring a professional packing crew can also save time.
One Room at a Time
Whatever room you decide to start with, you want to help your elderly loved one feel in control. While it may be hard for them to part with certain items, downsizing is important, especially if they are moving into an assisted living community. Assist them in sorting through belongings and help them decide what items will be necessary to take and what items can be donated or passed on to another family member. If there are things that they simply cannot part with, consider renting a storage unit to keep their belongings safe.
Moving is difficult for anyone. Your elderly parent may have an attachment to their home and feel overwhelmed by the thought of leaving. If your parent is feeling sad or is having a hard time letting go, remind them of the positives and how this transition will be better for their overall well-being.
If you have an elderly parent or loved one that may be in need of assisted living care, we can help. The Arbors Assisted Living is a community that encourages residents to lead a fulfilling senior life. From activities and programs, your loved one will have the amenities and tools to help them feel independent. Contact us to learn more.